Intervention: Growing Middle School Mathematicians, Cultivating Mathematical Mindsets
This presentation shares one middle school’s multi-faceted math intervention model blending high levels of learning with fostering a math mindset. Supporting a diverse group of learners, the prevailing goal for all students is to become assessment capable – learners who can assess their own learning, gauge where they need extra help, and know when they can move on. Using formative assessment and feedback the model includes four components to encourage perseverance in problem solving and support productive struggle and a growth mindset: 1) a co-teaching model that is responsive to the daily needs of the students, 2) a homeroom math support program to reinforce the day-to-day learning in the classroom 3) a district created after school math curriculum based on problem solving and discussion, and 4) live, evening webinar math support. Small group discussions, our successes, opportunities for growth, and a link to our 22 week after-school middle school math curriculum are planned.
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Kerry Conrad, M. Ed., has taught grades 7 and 8 for six years. She has served as Title I tutor, and currently serves on District 95’s curriculum writing committee and as co-chair of the Math department.
Sixth grade math teacher and Title I tutor Cathy Dickson, M.A.T., has taught primary and middle grades for ten years and serves on District 95’s curriculum writing committee.
Mary Dooms, M.A.T., has taught for 15 years. As Interventionist she serves 6-8 graders via co-teaching and homeroom support, creating the after school curriculum, and providing evening math webinar support.